Bath celebrates highest ranking in University of the Year poll
The University of Bath has been ranked fifth in The Sunday Times University Guide Ranking for 2011/12 – its highest ever position.
Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “This is a prestigious honour and a fantastic achievement for Bath. It reflects the enthusiasm and commitment of the entire University community, both our staff and students, and is something we can all take great pride in. We have always been committed to the pursuit of excellence in our research, teaching and learning and so it is particularly pleasing to have this recognised and rewarded at a national level."
New centre turbocharges carbon research at Bath University
A new £800,000 centre focused on the development of low carbon turbocharged engines has opened at the University of Bath.
With the deadline of 2020 for the UK’s carbon targets looming, immediate action is required to address the emissions generated from vehicle use. While many alternatives to fossil fuels are being explored, engineers from the University of Bath say these will not be ready to contribute to 2020 targets.
Dr Chris Brace, a leading automotive researcher from the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre, within the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said: “Key technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions from transportation are hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles and biofuels. Unfortunately none of these alternatives are ready to replace our reliance on fossil fuels for mass market vehicles in the near future.
“At current rates of progress it is inconceivable that these technologies will displace fossil fuels by 2020. We must therefore focus clearly on improving the technology already used in mass market, fossil fuel burning vehicles.”
To do this, the new centre in Bath aims to develop new downsizing technologies that can be applied to both petrol and diesel engines, allowing them to reduce fuel consumption while still giving the performance of a large engine.
The centre is carrying out its work in collaboration with the UK’s leading vehicle manufacturers, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover,, as well as turbocharger manufacturer Cummins Turbo Technologies.